over 50’s

great news for social care for seniors ?

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The £6bn health and social care budget for Greater Manchester is to be taken over by the region’s councils and health groups, it is understood.

The devolved power agreement is expected to be confirmed by the Chancellor George Osborne on Friday 27th February.

It will see NHS England hand spending decisions on regional healthcare to local politicians, clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts.

The plan will come into force from April 2016.

It will mean local leaders and ultimately Greater Manchester’s new directly elected mayor will control how budgets are allocated.

It is hoped that by integrating health and social care services, the change will ease pressure on hospitals and help to improve home care services for patients who need it.

A shadow Greater Manchester Health and Wellbeing board will be appointed, it is understood. It would work closely with existing clinical commissioning groups of GPs.

The board is expected to run from April, before control of the budget is handed over a year later.

Integrated social care has been the subject of discussion for some time now. this deal may be a real help in reducing bed blocking and seamless care provision between hospitals and social care.

watch this space !



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As we grow older our memories seem to fail us more frequently than they should.  I have enabled my memory recall to be strong and develop each day.  How? Creating a memory wall in my hall way.  I see it each time I leave my home and re-enter it.  Basically, it’s a collection of photographs that mean something to me.  Not of people, but of places I have visited and that brings a smile to my face.  I remember until a couple of years ago having a fear of heights.  Next thing my friend had me down in London and I was riding the London Eye fear conquered.  What a treat that was way above the metropolis and seeing all that London had to offer from a pod that did not stop to allow you on or off.  I bet just that simple memory will make some of you readers smile and conjure up your own bits and bobs.

A tranquil day cruising the one of the many canals in our region what a wonderful way to enjoy a nice warm summers day.  A nice chilled drink and a tub of ice cream – watch out though a spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down but it stays on your hips unless you do something about it.

Until recently last time I entered a gymnasium was at school 40 odd years ago.  My oh my how I disliked that room especially climbing the rope I could barely hurl myself off the floor.  The gymnasiums of today are much more user friendly and fun to use.  Who’d have thought it riding a bike and watching tv at the same time!  Next driverless cars (joke)!

Music too helps strengthen the memory.  A nice catchy tune with a good story nothing beats it.  So my recipe to beat the winter blues and have a strong memory:

Musing over a collection of photographs + Listening to good music + Exercise.  You’d be surprised how yummy this recipe is once you get into the routine!

Lord Mayors Charity

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The Lord Mayor, Councillor Susan Cooley has designated ‘Age Friendly Manchester’ as one of the focuses of the We Love MCR Charity during her year of office and invites funding applications from groups and organisations that support this theme.

Age-friendly Manchester is about improving the quality of life for older people in the city and the Age-Friendly Manchester Team works with a range of older people, groups and organisations to do this.

Examples of their work include:

•Helping make neighbourhoods better places for older people.

•Helping the Council listen to and involve older people in decision making and helping to improve services for them.

•Supporting the Cultural Champions programme, the Older Peoples Forum and age-friendly networks.

We Love MCR will also be supporting the following project themes for 2015:

The objective will be to find new and current Manchester projects and give them increased exposure, alongside multi platforms to help raise the funds needed to accomplish their goals.

Funding applications that support all of these themes, as well as all other projects looking for funding in Manchester, are invited.

ZEST Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, M40 1LF

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Heathfield Hall, Heathfield Street, Newton Heath, M40 1LF is the home of ZEST an organisation that offers a varied selection of activities for over 50’s.

just one is detailed below:

Front Row

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

12 – 3pm

Social activity aimed at reducing isolation.

Latest release DVD’s in a local area, no

need to go to town. Light lunch provided.

Cost £1.50 towards refreshments. This is

a large group but there is room for more

members, currently around 20 people

meet each fortnight to enjoy films.

Contact: Laura Cassidy on 234 3724 or email l.cassidy@manchester.gov.uk

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Age Friendly Manchester’s BIG DAY OUT

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The Harpurhey, Moston and New Moston AF Network are embarking upon a very ambitious project which supports one of the Networks key objectives, to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people. The project currently has a working title of the Big Day Out or as I sometimes call it The “Real” Grand Day Out.

The project involves the organisation of “mass days out”, involving older people from across north Manchester. We anticipate being able to fill 3 – 5 coaches for our first outing and aim to sustain numbers as the group attracts new members. We used the Winter Warm events to test the idea and over 80 people have already signed up – many reporting that they couldn’t remember the last time they went on an organised trip out. Some remembered Sheltered Scheme Managers organising trips but this now happens on fewer occasions. Those not living in supported accommodation appear to be missing entirely, especially if they are not engaged in social groups. We envisage the first outing taking place in Spring and have already had an offer from the Lord Mayor of Manchester to wave off the coaches. We are also hopeful that for the launch outing we can set off with police out-riders and a tooting fire engine. 

Contact either myself, on normanhartis@gmail.com, or Tracy Annette on t.annette@Manchester.gov.uk  if your interested in a great day out with us, and we’ll get in touch with details.

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These coaches may bring back memories. But our trips will probably use bright new ones



Now thats different !

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When it was built, Concorde changed the face of aviation forever. No longer would passengers have to travel slowly – you could be in New York in around three hours, travelling faster than the speed of sound, and in perfect comfort.

On November 29, 1952, all that became possible when an agreement was signed in London between the UK and France.

Julian Amery, Minister of Supply, and Geoffroy de Courcel, the French Ambassador to Britain, put pen to paper on a treaty which detailed the decision by the two countries to build Concorde.CONCORDE TAKE OFF

the Concorde fleet was, at its height, 18  Supersonic aeroplanes.  flown by Air France  and British Airways.  first commercial flights were, I think in 1976. the fleet was decommissioned in 2003, after a crash in Paris added to the commercial viability problems following  9/11/2001 reduced passengers on all trans Atlantic flights dramatically.   However there are still 8n aircraft still in first class condition around the world, and we have one here in Manchester.  I took a tour around the plane on my birthday a couple of weeks ago. for me it was nostalgia, as I flew Concorde in 1978 to and from Bahrain, and in the 90’s to and from New York, both Air France from Paris and B.A. from London. seeing those airspeed signs  going up to and passing Mach2 was indeed a special feeling. travelling at twice the speed of sound, faster than a bullet  was  quite amazing, as not a tremor or  shake to advise you of the speed, just the read- out at the cabin front.  I remember the captain announcing that ” there are other planes that fly at this speed, but the R.A.F. don’t serve caviar and champagne at 1,350 miles an hour ! enjoy! ”

But, back to Manchester, I have a ttached a couple of photos showing the millions of dials the pilots had to contend with.

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